Great. Except that if you keep asking these crisp, rational, scientific questions, you eventually realise that the Enlightenment itself a myth, a mountain climber pulling herself up the slope by her own bootstraps. There’s no strict logical reason to accept logic as better than illogic. Many of the things we believe are simply that: beliefs. Some are approximations, some are untested theories, some are just traditions.
…ractice, probably not. The outcome: no, and now here we are with one decade to do the work of four. If you take nothing else from this post, please take this: we’re out of time on climate, and everything must change – not tomorrow, but today. Our economies must change, our lifestyles, our way of thinking about what is worth having and making.
It comforts people (mainly liberal white people who can afford to have this delusion or very wealthy people, some of them quite famous, who cling to it for comfort) to imagine this is a class issue alone, and that Trump voters aren’t really racist. That’s an adorable way of thinking that will lead you right to the welcome gates of whatever horror this administration will invent and that these people will co-sign.
Here is my answer: I believed that, to borrow an analogy from a friend, if I kept digging I would find water. And sometimes I did. Just enough to sustain me. And when you’re dying of thirst, that water is the best water you’ll ever drink. When you’re alienated from your friends, there’s no one to tell you that there’s a drinking fountain 20 feet away. And when your self-worth reaches such depths after years of being treated like you’re worthless, you might find you think you deserve that sort of treatment, and no one else will love you.
…and as an aesthetic feels outdated, deeper forms of ‘realness’ in our communications still persist. People are still seeking to communicate their deepest personal truths: their values, hopes and fears with each other. Through sharing media, we’re still creating community.
y the cruelty they showed t…h Hart abused their adopted children for years before driving them over a cliff and into the ocean. Any “good intentions” they may have had were negated by the cruelty they showed to these children both in life and in death. Because our society favors whiteness, they were given the benefit of the doubt time and time again even after there were clear signs of abuse — and even a conviction!
…ernicious influence of well meaning liberal white supremacy, the “good cop” of the colonial system. Less examined is how settler colonialism reinforces itself through flowery language and feel good New Age philosophy that focuses on individual feelings while avoiding challenging systems of power and privilege.
…aspects of the Hart family tragedy to comprehend is why these women chose to starve their children. Days before his disappearance, Devonte had gone to his next door neighbor begging for food. This begging continued for five days in a row, and he was asking for food not only for himself but for his siblings as well. Here are the estimated weights and heights of the three missing children who were not recovered from the crash site: Devonte Hart, 5'1, 90 lbs, 15 years old; Sierra Hart, 4'5, 60 lbs, 15 years old; Hannah Hart, 4'1, 45 lbs, 16 years old. These are nowhere near age appropriate stats for children of their age. They were being starved. They were literally withering away.
…n culture, through the eyes of a particular ethnicity with ties to a specific language and culture. The white gaze by comparison is like the empty, glassy stare of a reptile poised to strike. It is the act of looking and observing from the perspective of a predator. It is inherently sinister. Yes, the origin of the white gaze is de facto sinister because from the beginning and at its core, whiteness was created as a tool with which to bludgeon non-white peoples and force them into submission. Whiteness was created to supersede various ethnic and religious differences among Europeans and unite them in the goal of enslavement, colonization, white supremacy, and world domination. There’s no there there, as the saying goes.